Fifth Gear Smashes Ford Focus into Wall at 120 MPH [Video]
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British magazine Fifth Gear has tried to show what sort of destructive forces are involved if you crash your family hatchback at 120 mph or 192 km/h. For this task, an old Ford Focus was used, and while it might not have exactly the same protection as the new one, there’s no denying this isn’t a crash that you’ll walt away untouched from.
And before saying that 120 mph or 192 km/h is too high a speed to even consider testing at, that little voice in your head will tell you it’s not. Both the 1.8-liter and the 2.0-liter version of that very Focus are capable of going over that speed, and some people might be tempted to do so on a straight piece of tarmac.
As a result of the collision with the concrete wall, the Focus is completely destroyed and it doesn’t look like the passengers could have survived, not even in the back. The force of the impact has crumple the car like an accordion and only the rear end is left recognizable.
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On 21 October 2011 at 23:14 UTC, piotr said:
two cars head on at 120mph is like 1 car hitting a wall at 240mph. so their description is wrong. if opposing forces hit each other the force of the impact is that of the two forces added together.
On 22 October 2011 at 09:58 UTC, Mick from Townsville said:
Cool - shows what might happen if you drift into oncoming traffic on the highway. Common scenario in Australia on the open road where nothing but a white line separates opposing traffic doing 110km +
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